Great Barrington, MA-Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents Tony Award winning singer and actress Betty Buckley in Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway on Sunday, August 19 at 7:00pm and Grammy Award winning folk music pioneer Judy Collins with hit songwriter Jimmy Webb as her opening acton Sunday, August 26 at 7:00pm. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm and three hours before show times. Tickets to Betty Buckley are $50 to $150 (the latter includes priority seating and a reception with the artists). Tickets to Judy Collins with Jimmy Webb are $45 to $70. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.
Betty Buckley – August 19, 2012
In her new concert, Betty Buckley performs men’s songs from Broadway shows that she has always wanted to sing, including numbers from Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Pippin, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles. Accompanying her will Clifford Carter on piano and Tony Marino on bass. She debuted the stage show earlier this year in New York and released a CD of its music this summer with Palmetto Records.
Ms. Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway. Among her many television credits are starring for three seasons in the HBO series Oz and as Abby Bradford in the hit series Eight Is Enough.
Judy Collins with Jimmy Webb – August 26
Known for her blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes, Judy Collins’s impressive career has spanned more than 50 years. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists-particularly the social poets of the 1960s such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tom Paxton-and she was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience, including poet/musician Leonard Cohen and musicians Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. She is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers, which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and for “Send in the Clowns,” which won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards.
Jimmy Webb is best known for the classic songs he wrote for Glen Campbell (“By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston”), Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park,” “Didn’t We”), and the Fifth Dimension (“Up, Up and Away”), as well as “The Highwayman” forWaylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. His songs continue to grace a multitude of major recording artists’ albums-from Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney, to Urge Overkill, Reba McEntire, and Shawn Colvin.
About the Mahaiwe
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, “Live in HD” broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905 and has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. In 2005, the theater experienced a renaissance as a beautifully restored 681-seat venue to offer a broad range of cultural and community events. Today’s “Mahaiwe Mix” of diverse, high quality programming strives to provide meaningful, memorable entertainment for all ages and interests.